I’d like to have an open, polite, honest, and respectful conversation about the nature of God.
Obviously this can be a pretty volatile subject as any look around the world right now can confirm, but we’re a civilized folk so I think we should be aright. Threads like this have a tendency to rile people up a bit. I really don’t want that, but I also really don’t think it’s a good idea to continue on in this “politically correct” mindset that says individual differences in belief from one person to the next should be suppressed or ignored. We live in a culture that is aggressively creating a kind of uniformity that, in my opinion anyway, is severely restrictive in thought and expression. Regardless of your beliefs, there is obviously at least some capacity within you for the tolerance of other’s. We go out into the world every day of our lives surrounded by other people who each have their own custom set of beliefs they've developed based off their signature set of life-experience, familial and social culture, and education. If we can accomplish this every day, why is the thought of discussing each other's views so much harder? I’d say there’s a variety of contributing factors to this barrier in communication. Some factions of belief are so resistant to the notion of tolerance that they actively seek out the death of any who think differently, such as with the horrible atrocities happening to the people living within Israel right now.
The catch-22 of tolerance, however, is that unless it is practiced by everyone it can defeat itself, because if even one person abandons it they will have the capacity for harming others; especially if they are extremely passionate about the topic at hand. Keeping this in mind, it then becomes necessary to observe the fact that there is at least one universal restriction that must be obeyed for the proper employment of tolerance: Violent and destructive intolerance can’t be tolerated; that’s suicide. A person’s beliefs or lack thereof are usually a pretty passionate thing to them, and rightfully so. It’s only when that passion is allowed to turn into anger and judgement that the seeds of intolerance and pain are sown. Likewise for this thread, if you can’t find a nice way to say what you want to say then please don’t be bothered to type it out; I will delete anything intentionally offensive or insulting to anyone who may comment here. These are just my beliefs. Nothing more. I’m sharing them on here because I want them to be seen and questioned. Other people are way better at seeing through the holes of our theories and beliefs, and I’m interested in other opinions. That’s just how it is; others have a perspective on your thoughts that you are incapable of having. It reminds me somewhat of the relationship between a shooter and a spotter. The best way I’ve found to get to the root of what I really believe is by observing the thoughts and beliefs of other people, and paying attention to how the notion of each belief I encounter made me feel, as if from my perspective gauging how accurate their “shot" was. This is how we learn from each other.
All that being said:
I think that the concept of a "higher power”, the way that the term is generally spoken of in contemporary culture, is at best misleading, and at its worst can be entirely destructive in multiple ways. However, I'm no atheist. The root of the word, being "theism", is of a relative nature and is generally misunderstood from one person’s usage of it to the next. Theism is most broadly defined as a belief in a god or gods, thus "a-theistic" simply means the opposite. In my core I know God is. A much more accurate term to describe my intuition on the topic is the word “a-deism", meaning I disagree with the idea that God is a singular deity that wields a human-personified will and acts according to human-personified tendencies. I know that God is, but I don't believe that God is a "personality" that our minds can fathom with any semblance of accuracy. Rather, I find that when people speak about God as a deity that they are describing what they perceive as a perfect form of themselves. I think that the characteristics any individual person attributes to their deity are reflections of themselves viewed through a pretend light of omnipotence. For example, consider the following: Is God just and loving? What does it mean to be just and loving? I bet that the ways you just described justice and love in your head are an identical match to the kind of “just-ness” and “loving-ness” you attribute to the character of God. If you ask around though, you’re gonna find as many different definitions of justice and love as you find people, because each person has been exposed to a signature set of experiences. Two members at the same church can have different intuitions on different topics; it happens all the time, that’s why there's so many religious discussion groups out there. So if everyone’s view is slightly different, which person’s definition is the right one? In this light, there are as many “gods" out there as there are people talking about God. I feel that this is flawed and cluttered with subjective bias. I think that God is bigger than that. In fact, I think that God is literally All That Is; a field of awareness so vast that it pervades all matter and all observable frequencies. It’s the medium of the perceivable universe; that which allows matter itself to take form.
Imagine a hydrogen atom composed of one proton being orbited by one electron. Imagine that you are blowing that atom of hydrogen up in size; enlarging it exponentially to where that singular proton nucleus is the size of your fist. The electron in this enlarged image is about the size of a small ball-bearing and is orbiting the fist-sized nucleus at a distance of about 3/4 of a football field away. Now, the question I'd like you to ponder is this: What's filling that empty space between that fist-sized nucleus and the bearing-sized electron that’s seventy-five yards away? What is it? Is it really just nothingness? It can’t be; if there really was NOTHING between that electron and that proton they'd be touching, because there would be no-thing between them. But, there is isn’t there? There’s an invisible placeholder serving as a medium of separation; the physical manifestation of the mathematical concept of “zero”. We still talk about zero as if it’s a thing for the sake of mathematical communication and calculation, but in reality it’s no-thing. Essentially, the “nothingness” filling that space between proton and electron can also be conceptualized as one unified field; making “nothing” appear strikingly similar to “everything”. I believe that God is that which allows all other things to even be, and can’t be cheapened by human personifications. I think that God is the field of consciousness; the Ether; the Void that is the divine placeholder for the frequencies of duality to carry out their existence in the polarity of "+" and “-“. The concept of morality is just as relative in individual definition from person to person as justice and love, thus a person’s definition of morality also then influences the moral character of the deity they speak to in their prayers. If God is understood as being All That Is, at the end of the day regardless of whether you were a sinner or a saint, you have actually been serving God, for it is literally impossible to do otherwise. To me, there seems to be as many roles in the cast of God’s dream as there are people, all serving a unique purpose.
I can’t justify to myself that life was created by a deity that simply desired to exercise its management capability, because the desire to hold power over another just doesn’t seem like a characteristic of The All to me. I think that we are the reflection; the polarity. For if there is no polarity, no reflection, then there is only the void of unity consciousness where our individuality absolves into the universality of The All. I believe that we were literally created in God's image, a complete microcosm replica of God, but that unfortunately this concept has been misunderstood to a large degree. When wars break out between rival nations on our speck of a planet, and millions of people are slain, to us we say such things are significant. To God, I suspect, such things resemble little more than a passing conflicted thought or emotion you or I experience in our everyday lives, and nothing more. The plays of life are physical symbols generated by the dreaming mind of All That Is. It seems most probable to me that we are comparable to a photon being sent from one brain synapse to another in the dreaming mind of God, and that all of our species' history, all of our struggles, all of our happiness and joy account for nothing more than an almost instantaneous segment of a dream lasting eternity.
When you dream, how far does your dream go? Where is the walls of your dream? I ask this because I suspect this is the nature of our infinite fractal universe; The Everything. You are a reflection of All That Is; a divine symbol of the universe itself manifested in polarity to then continue the evolving experience of Itself. Whether you mess up, or do great, you are still experiencing and learning, therefore you are completing your role in the drama. It appears to me that mankind has seen fit to place structure and form around the most personal of all things: Our relationship with those parts of ourselves that we've stripped ourselves of in order to experience something new. In order to spiritually grow, we use the veil of separation to generate new experiences without being tempted to to get out of learning the lessons we came here to learn in the first place.
When you beat a video game, what comes next? Do you look up the cheats for it and play again while holding all the cards, or do you increase the difficulty level and see if you can keep up? Our souls; the larger portion of the fractal arm from which you sprout; prefer the overall efficacy of the latter. I believe that we've placed ourselves here, at this particular space-time grid location, under a shallow veil of amnesia, so that we can one day find our way back and rediscover who, in fact, we really are. Who is that, exactly?
God. I hold that every set of eyes you see, every plant, every rock and every invisible molecule of oxygen you breathe, is God.
Now, what do you think?